Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $13.51 (5.2%) to $273.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,286,575 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,096,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $262.50-$273.54 after having opened the day at $262.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $259.78. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 5.1%, Finish Line ( FINL), up 4.3%, MarineMax ( HZO), up 4.0% and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 3.9%.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 179.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 12.4%, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), down 7.8%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 7.5% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 6.5%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the specialty retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the specialty retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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